Please find attached the 2 page flyer for the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest this August 6, Saturday, at William Byrd High School. The times are from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM with admission $6.00.The following are the vendors for this year with a new vendor that is an authourized dealer for Icom, Yaesu, and Kenwood radios as well as other products.
Quicksilver Electronics: qsradio.com “Great radio ham products”
This was actually a very good explanation of Baluns and Chokes.
You’ve heard a lot of people recommend putting a few loops of coax near the feed point of your antenna to keep the RF energy out. How does this work and why is it needed. Watch this episode for more information on common mode currents, baluns, and RF chokes.
More info: https://www.jpole-antenna.com/2015/07/23/baluns-and-rf-chokes-ham-radio-q-a-episode-3/
The Central Virginia Repeater Assoc. (CVRA) has installed three new repeaters on Wintergreen Mtn. They are located at: 37°55’2.0″N 78°56’48.0″W which is slightly lower than the Devil’s Knob site and on the eastern slope.
Repeater 1: 147.540, 110.9 tone, analog simplex repeat mode only. Key the repeater, say your message (up to 3 minutes), unkey and hear a courtesy beep followed by your message. It also has a “say again” mode: key the repeater and press DTMF 0 and you will hear the last message recorded. Repeater 2: 444.4375, no tone, +5 offset, DMR digital repeater. Slot 1 is “Local” which is linked full time to Wintergreen, Richmond/Petersburg and Washington DC. and allows talkgroups of: Local — 27500, DMR-NA TAC 310 — 310, DMR-NA TAC 1 — 8951, DCI Bridge 2 — 3100, DMR-MARC Southeast — 3174, and Echotest Server — 9998. Slot 2 is “PRN” which is linked full time to the PRN network: http://www.ncprn.net/ which has a listing of all the repeaters in the network and their contact info. You can also obtain updated code plugs for many brands of DMR radios on the PRN site.
Repeater 3: 444.9375, no tone, +5 offset, D-Star digital repeater. This repeater will be activated on Monday, 6/14 in the afternoon and is not linked full time.